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Secrets of Deep-Ocean Photography

Patricia Daukantas

Undersea photographer Emory Kristof helped develop imaging equipment that can operate in the extreme pressures, toxic temperatures and total darkness of the ocean floor. more>>


Early Books in Optics and Optical Design

Kevin P. Thompson

Two antique volumes—A Compleat System of Opticks and The Edinburgh Encyclopedia—provide an excellent means for learning about optical design before 1800. more>>

Side-Emitting Fibers Brighten Our World

Janis Spigulis

Optical fibers have found a new niche—as photonic non-thermal filaments that can be used for applications ranging from glowing fashion to infrared security systems to clinical devices. more>>

Glowing with the Flow

C. W. Thomas

Bioluminescent marine organisms such as dinoflagellates enable engineers and oceanographers to study complex fluid dynamics and demonstrate the important role of light emission in ecology. more>>




A New Name for an Old Friend

Richard L. Shoemaker

Optical Sciences Center becomes the College of Optical Sciences. more>>

Global Optics

Optics in South Africa

Richard Powell and Elsa Garmire

OSA 2001 and 1993 presidents describe their travels in South Africa, where they visited colleagues at a national laboratory and three universities. more>>

The History of OSA

Optics Letters: OSA Gets the Word Out on Optics--Fast

John N. Howard

Optics Letters was launched in an effort to promote quick publication of breakthroughs in the field. more>>